The Intellectual Property (Unjustified Threats) Bill received Royal Assent on 27 April 2017 in the "wash-up" period prior to the dissolution of Parliament on 3 May 2017. The Intellectual Property (Unjustified Threats) Act 2017 introduces long-awaited reforms to existing UK law on groundless threats for infringement of intellectual property rights.
Ruling from IPEC calls for less of a bracket: General Civil Restraint Order granted against serial litigator
Civil restraint orders (CVOs) prevent individuals from bringing claims or applications which are without merit. CVOs commonly require their subject to obtain court permission before further claims or applications relating to a particular cause of action (i.e. a claim for patent infringement) can be issued. In Perry v FH Brundle & Ors  EWHC 678 (IPEC), the court granted a 'general' CVO which restricts Mr Perry not only from bringing claims relating to a particular cause of action (an alleged infringement of his patent), but goes significantly further and restricts him from filing any claim or application in court without permission at all.
The High Court (Patents Court) has recently upheld a decision of the Intellectual Property Enterprise Court (IPEC) that: (1) threats made prior to the grant of a patent were capable of justification, pursuant to section 70 (2A) of the Patents Act 1977 (PA) and; (2) trial on the issue as to whether the threats were groundless was to be delayed until grant of the patent.